Author Archives: MMeloni

Difficult Negotiation? Check Yourself!

20 Jun 2016 - 11:31 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

Negotiating with a difficult person is not about winning or getting them to do things YOUR way. It is about moving beyond the barriers to a breakthrough. Once you do you will have a stronger professional relationship and an outcome that is beneficial to both sides.

Risk Management is All in YOUR Head

19 Mar 2016 - 06:15 PM under Risk | Posted by MMeloni

“Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate It.“ – Reid Hoffman No project is without risks. It is all in how you handle those risks. And the place to start is at the very beginning. The minute that a project idea is discussed […]

A Little Discipline is a GOOD Thing

24 Dec 2015 - 01:29 PM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

You might feel uncomfortable reprimanding a team member in front of the rest of the team. None of us like to be told we are less than fabulous, especially in front of our colleagues. Despite this, you do have a responsibility to advise team members when they are not living up to expectations. “If we […]

We Can’t Roll with Role Conflict

11 Dec 2015 - 11:09 PM under Career | Posted by MMeloni

In perfect 20/20 hindsight, Mary Carol realized that what the team was facing was a classic case of role conflict, and perhaps role ambiguity too. Two team members had just come to her to complain about a third team member. Although at first she was surprised, Mary Carol realized that she could have seen this […]

Use this Recipe to Diffuse Anger

26 Nov 2015 - 02:58 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

What me, upset? OK not you, but let’s consider the fact that perhaps one day, someone close to you may become angry. Perhaps even in the workplace. And you already know that communications become clouded when anger does the talking. Try this recipe next time anger appears on the menu. Take these ingredients: An open […]

Got Slack?

20 Oct 2015 - 08:48 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

Have you ever heard someone say something and think, “I could not have said it better myself?” Well those were my thoughts when I read the story below. It is my honor to share with you the thoughts of Janet DiVincenzo when it comes to slack.  Enjoy! -Margaret Got Slack? By Janet DiVincenzo I’m lucky […]

Team Bully? Just Walk Away

30 Sep 2015 - 02:01 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

“He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.” – Tacitus The above quote is not meant to imply that you will be engaging in warfare at the office. It is a very old quote and yes it was […]

Dear Project Managers

16 Aug 2015 - 01:39 AM under Becoming a PM | Posted by MMeloni

Previously a letter from project managers to team members was featured here on pmStudent ( It seems only fair to feature a reply from the hard working team members who make project completion possible. Dear Project Managers, Thank you so much for your open letter to us, it is always good to get to know […]